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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

News Date: 12/21/2007 

 Three Teens Arrested for Armed Robbery 

An 18-year-old, a 17-year-old, and a 13-year-old were arrested by Polk County Sheriff’s deputies
last night after they committed an armed robbery at Pizza World located at 3005 Duff Road in
north Lakeland.

Around 7:30 p.m. on December 20, 2007, two masked unknown black male suspects, one of
whom was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, entered the Pizza World restaurant,
forced two victims to the ground, and took the cash register from the business and a purse from
the female victim. Both suspects fled the scene northbound on foot. Responding deputies canvassed
the area seeking descriptions of the suspects, and were able to come up with a description
that matched that of De’andre Myrick, DOB 2/23/89, of 7704 Canterbury Circle in Lakeland. One of
the responding deputies had seen Myrick in the area earlier and noted his presence with a Field
Interrogation Report. He alerted other deputies and they began to look for Myrick.

Meanwhile, a PCSO K-9 team tracked the suspects’ flight right up to Myrick’s residence (7704
Canterbury Circle). A witness who had been visiting in that home identified the three suspects responsible
for committing the robbery. According to the affidavit, the witness said that the three
teens said they were going to rob a pizza store, then they all three donned black hooded sweatshirts
and tied black shirts over their faces and left.

A PCSO Robbery detective obtained enough probable cause to charge Myrick, and two accomplices,
Early Reddick III, DOB 7/21/90, also of 7704 Canterbury Circle, and Devone Watts, DOB
5/1/91, of 7804 Sugar Pine Drive in Lakeland, with Armed Robbery. Myrick and Reddick were
both located at LRMC for an unrelated reason, and Watts turned himself in to deputies at the
Northwest District substation. All three were taken into custody and read their Miranda rights. After
advised of their rights, all three admitted to committing the robbery –.Watts admitted to acting as a
lookout while Myrick, armed with the handgun, and Reddick, went inside and committed the robbery.
Watts and Reddick were taken to the JAC, and Myrick was booked into the Polk County Jail.

“Here is a perfect example of how excellent police work combined with help from the community
can solve a violent crime,” said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. “Thanks to the hard work of the
patrol deputies, K-9 unit, robbery detectives, their support staff, and observant community members,
these three dangerous young men were taken off the street before they could victimize anyone